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President Barack Obama holds a signed New England Patriots football helmet during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 23, 2015, to honor the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots for their Super Bowl XLIX victory. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Obama salutes, pokes at champion Patriots

Thursday, April 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama honored the New England Patriots for winning the Super Bowl despite a “huge distraction” and “media circus” over underinflated footballs in their conference championship game. Obama recognized the NFL champions Thursday during a White House ceremony on the South Lawn. “That whole story got blown a little out of proportion,” Obama said of the so-called … 0

Judge strikes witness’ claim of paranoia

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

FALL RIVER — Aaron Hernandez was paranoid, and had an irrational fear of iPhones and law enforcement, longtime Hartford, Conn., resident Alexander Bradley said Wednesday. In a lawsuit, Bradley has accused the former Patriots tight end of shooting him in the face. The men locked eyes for several seconds when Bradley took the witness stand and directed a glassy stare toward Hernandez, whom … 0

Point-after changes are likely in 2015

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

PHOENIX — Spice it up. The NFL’s dullest play, the extra point, appears to be headed for some changes, perhaps significant ones, for the 2015 season. While team owners didn’t vote on any extra-point proposals Wednesday, there was so much discussion and interest in potential changes that the issue will be a main focal point for the next set of league meetings in … 0

Film narrows slaying window

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

FALL RIVER — Prosecutors used video Wednesday in an attempt to establish former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez and two of his friends from Bristol, Conn., killed Odin Lloyd in a four-minute window on June 17, … 0

Pats sign McCourty; Revis decision near?

Monday, March 9, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Safety Devin McCourty says he’s returning to the New England Patriots for five more years. Cornerback Darrelle Revis could be gone. McCourty said that he’s happy to stay with the Super Bowl champions, telling Patriots fans on Twitter on Monday: “Let’s go win another Super Bowl...or … 0

Pats release Wilfork into open market

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The New England Patriots are parting ways with prominent nose tackle Vince Wilfork, immediately making the 11-year veteran an unrestricted free agent. Wilfork, who restructured his contract last season to remain with New England, announced the news on … 0

The testimony focuses on Franklin ‘flophouse’

Thursday, March 5, 2015

FALL RIVER — New England Patriots staff member helped Aaron Hernandez find an apartment to rent in spring 2013, a Realtor told jurors Thursday at the former NFL tight end’s murder trial, providing the first testimony about the … 0

Colts questioned Patriots’ foot balls before title game

Thursday, February 19, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — General manager Ryan Grigson said Thursday that the Colts had contacted NFL officials before last month’s AFC championship game about their concerns with New England’s game balls. Grigson did not say how the team was tipped off. Previous reports have indicated Indy first became suspicious after … 0

After killing, Hernandez knew endorsements gone

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

FALL RIVER — New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez matter-of-factly told witnesses that his endorsement days were over, according to testimony Wednesday from his fiancee’s uncle, who said the conversation happened a day after a slaying Hernandez would eventually be charged in. Azia Jenkins was called to the … 0

NFL fines Irvin, Gronk, 2 others for their roles in Super Bowl scrap

Friday, February 6, 2015

NEW YORK — Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin has been fined $10,000 by the NFL for his role in a scuffle with 18 seconds left in the Super Bowl. Three other players received lesser fines. Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett and New England Patriots tight ends Rob Gronkowski … 0

Parade salutes Patriots

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

BOSTON — Giddy fans of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots chanted “Brady! Brady!” and clambered atop massive snowbanks for better views as players danced and waved their way through Boston in a Wednesday parade celebrating their fourth NFL title. Well-wishers blew kisses, pumped their fists and … 0

Brady eager for more titles

Monday, February 2, 2015

PHOENIX — Tom Brady knows what’s next: more Super Bowl wins. At least he hopes so. The most successful quarterback of his era was still riding the high of his fourth NFL championship on the morning after New England’s 28-24 victory over Seattle. Brady had every right to … 0

Brady collects his third Super Bowl MVP award

Sunday, February 1, 2015

GLENDALE, Ariz. — As a kid, years before he became a pretty good quarterback in his own right, Tom Brady idolized Joe Montana. Now, at age 37, Brady owns just as many Super Bowl championships — and just as many Super Bowl MVP awards — as the Pro … 0